Office: CHEM A333
Reactive CO2 capture; advanced nuclear fusion; flexible automation; membrane reactors
Harvard University, 2006, Postdoctoral Associate
Texas A&M University, 2004, Ph.D.
University of Alberta, 2000, B.Sc.
Research interests + projects
The Berlinguette Group designs and builds advanced electrochemical reactors to power the planet.
Reactive CO2 capture
Our program has pioneered electrochemical reactors that convert reactive CO2 capture solutions, generated from common air capture technologies, into fuels, chemicals, and building materials. We design electrocatalysts and membranes to build unique reactor configurations that will contribute to a carbon-neutral future.
Electrification of the chemical industry
Electrification of the chemicals manufacturing sector is needed to reduce CO2 emissions. Our team has invented a membrane reactor “Thor” that drives hydrogenation reactions using only water and electricity, and not at the high temperatures and pressures used by the industry today. Membrane reactors provide an opportunity to electrify and decarbonize the production of specialty chemicals, (bio)fuels, pharmaceuticals, and plastics.
Advanced nuclear fusion
We build electrochemical reactors to study nuclear fusion reactions at lower temperatures than conventional fusion reactors. Our mission is to combine electrochemistry, materials science and nuclear physics to reduce the energy needed for fusion reactions. We hope to discover a low-cost clean energy source that can scale within the span of a human lifetime.
Flexible automation and self-driving labs
We build self-driving laboratories that combine flexible automation and artificial intelligence. Self-driving laboratories discover new materials faster than a human can. This approach will help us advance clean energy technologies from laboratory to market faster than ever before. Our flagship system, “Ada”, autonomously optimizes thin films and coatings for solar cells, electrolyzers, and other technologies.
Awards and honours
Selected publications + presentations
Zhang, Z.; Lees, E. W.; Habibzadeh, F.; Salvatore, D. A.; Ren, S.; Simpson, G.; Wheeler, D. G.; Liu, A.; Berlinguette, C. P. “Porous Metal Electrodes Enable Efficient Electrolysis of Carbon Capture Solutions.” Energy Environ. Sci. 2022. 15, 705-713. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1EE02608A
MacLeod, B. P.; Parlane, F. G. L.; Brown, A. K.; Hein, J. E.; Berlinguette, C. P. “Flexible Automation Accelerates Materials Discovery.” Nat. Mater. 2022, 21, 722-726. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41563-021-01156-3
MacLeod, B. P.; Parlane, F. G. L.; Morrissey, T. D.; Häse, F.; Roch, L.; Dettelbach, K. E.; Moreira, R.; Yunker, L. P. E.; Rooney, M. B.; Deeth, J. R.; Lai, V.; Ng, G. J.; Situ, H.; Zhang, R. H.; Elliott, M. S.; Haley, T. H.; Dvorak, D. J.; Aspuru-Guzik, A.; Hein, J. E.; Berlinguette, C. P. “Self-Driving Laboratory for Accelerated Discovery of Thin-Film Materials.” Sci. Adv. 2020, 6 (20), eaaz8867. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aaz8867
Berlinguette, C. P.; Chiang, Y.-M.; Munday, J. N.; Schenkel, T.; Fork, D. K.; Koningstein, R.; Trevithick, M. D. “Revisiting the Cold Case of Cold Fusion.” Nature 2019, 570, 45-51. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1256-6
Li, T.; Lees, E. W.; Goldman, M.; Salvatore, D. A.; Weekes, D. M.; Berlinguette, C. P. “Electrolytic Conversion of Bicarbonate into CO in a Flow Cell.” Joule, 3 (6), 1487-1497, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2019.05.021
Sherbo, R. S.; Delima, R. S.; Chiykowski, V. A.; MacLeod, B. P.; Berlinguette, C. P. “Complete Electron Economy by Pairing Electrolysis with Hydrogenation.” Nat. Catal. 2018, 1, 501-507. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41929-018-0083-8